Navy motion is growing round Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear energy plant, Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company director normal Rafael Grossi stated Tuesday.
Talking from Dnipro in Ukraine forward of a go to to the plant, Grossi stated the scenario “just isn’t getting any higher.”
“Navy motion continues,” he instructed CNN’s Lynda Kinkade. “In reality, it’s growing. There are rising numbers of troops, and navy automobiles, heavy artillery, extra navy motion across the plant.”
The plant has been “in blackout repeatedly,” Grossi added.
The director normal’s go to will probably be his second to the plant and his first because the IAEA established a everlasting presence on the web site in September final yr, the company stated in an announcement Saturday.
“I need to see what the scenario is for myself, discuss to the administration there, which is the Russian administration,” Grossi instructed CNN.
Russia’s state-owned nuclear vitality monopoly, Rosatom, stated Tuesday that Russia is able to focus on the scenario on the plant with Grossi.
“In just a few hours myself and my crew, we’re going to cross the entrance line once more — as we did final yr,” Grossi stated. “I’m going to proceed my consultations with a view to attempt to set up a safety across the plant and spare us all from a nuclear accident with potential catastrophic penalties.”
The IAEA chief stated the present threat degree on the plant is “extraordinarily excessive and it’s completely unpredictable, exactly as a result of we’re in a fight zone.”
On Monday, Grossi met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was visiting the Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro areas. Later, in his nightly handle on Monday, Zelensky thanked Grossi for his assist.
CNN’s Anna Chernova and Sarah Dean contributed reporting.